Obituaries » Peggy Kegley Tharp

Peggy Kegley Tharp

June 22, 1938 - December 14, 2022

Peggy Kegley Tharp, 84, of Altavista, Virginia died Wednesday, December 14, 2022. She was born on June 22, 1938, in Pittsylvania County, daughter of the late Thomas Virgil Kegley and Pearl McDaniel Kegley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, James Donel Tharp; her first husband, Marshall Dalton; brothers, Thomas “Bunky” Kegley, Jr., Terrell “Biggie” Kegley, and Monte Kegley; sisters Patsy East and Lupe Adams. She is survived by a daughter, Tamra Dalton (Tony Dalton), of Altavista and a son, Jeffrey Dalton of Lynchburg; two grandsons, Joshua Midkiff and wife, Jennine, of Altavista, and Marshall Dalton of Lynchburg; two great-grandchildren, Leo Dalton and Willow Dalton; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family. She was a member of Lynch Station Baptist Church. She was a previous employee of Cato in Altavista, as store manager, and JC Penney in Lynchburg. As a proud US Air Force wife, she and her family lived in Idaho, Alaska, and Texas. One of their trips from Alaska to Virginia included driving across Canada with two kids and two dogs, sightseeing and eventually visiting both sides of Niagara Falls. Through the years, her family established numerous friendships across the US. Peggy was an accomplished artist, incorporating beautiful snow scenes from Alaska into many of her paintings. After returning to her hometown of Altavista, she enjoyed teaching country line dancing. Following Jim’s retirement, he and Peggy traveled extensively, including trips to Hawaii, England, Ireland, and Scotland. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 19, 2022, at Lynch Station Baptist Church by the Rev. Scott Doran. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg.

Condolences & Tributes

Celebrate Peggy 's life with a short message, photo or video!

I’ve known Peggy for a very long time. I worked for her in Cato for several years. My doughier and I visited her home many many times and she always treated us like family. She had a heart of gold and a smile that lit up the room. Prayers for Tammy , Josh and Jeff today .

Posted by Phyllis Hale on December 19, 2022

A photo from their last visit to Indiana.

Posted by Debbie Clark on December 19, 2022

I'm sorry I won't be able to make it today....but I'll be there Monday. Prayers for all of you!! Sending love 💗

Posted by Karen on December 18, 2022

Peggy and I lined danced for several years in our younger days. We always had a good time. I\'m sure she will be greatly missed. Prayers for all the family.

Posted by Linda Lewis Dalton on December 17, 2022

How to Write a Sympathy Message

Register now for the live seminar

Recent Articles

Click here to access Obituary Archives from 2014 and earlier.